Terror group al-Shabaab, who has claimed responsibility for the 2013 attack at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that left over 60 people dead, has released a video threat against the Mall of America in Minnesota and elsewhere, stating " If just a handful of mujahedin fighters could bring Kenya to a complete standstill for nearly a week, imagine what a dedicated mujahedin in the West could do to the American or Jewish-owned shopping centers across the world. What if such an attack was to occur in the Mall of America in Minnesota? Or the West Edmonton Mall in Canada? Or in London's Oxford Street?" the man says, encouraging supporters to "hurry up, hasten towards heaven and do not hesitate." (Source - USA Today)
In the first video below, we see CNN reporting on this threat. In the second video, the Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson acknowledges the threat and offers a warning to Americans to "be particularly careful," if they decide to go shopping and to "be vigilant."
In an apparent attempt to walk back Johnson's statements, because getting people out to spend money is obviously more important than keeping Americans safe, hours after Johnson issued his dire warning, a department spokesperson stated "We are not aware of any specific, credible plot against the Mall of America or any other domestic commercial shopping center."
Think about that for a minute, a terror group that has already shown they can and will attack a mall, killing dozens, publicly encourages followers to do the same, reported by multiple news organizations as a "threat," as shown in the videos below, yet the US government department spokesperson claims there is no specific or credible threat.